Do This in Remembrance of Me...
Updated: Jul 19, 2019
The Feast of Passover is almost here! While normally at this time of year we teach about the un-biblical origins of the fertility goddess Easter; the main focus will be on The Messiah. So instead of placing the proverbial sign on the church billboard proclaiming this false god lets examine some biblical and historical truth. We have been set free in so many ways! The Geneva Bible in 1599 and then KJV were the first translations into English. Although they were the best that you will find out there but it does have changes that were made on purpose. The KJV insidiously translates Passover (Pasqa) as Easter which is a goddess of fertility who demanded child sacrifices and has nothing to do with the Messiah and the Passover. (Acts 12:4).
Many of today’s church traditions in the celebration of Easter come from the ancient worship of this goddess including the rabbits, eggs colored with the blood of sacrificed children, and the sunrise service. What fellowship does Messiah have with Baal? None! God clearly tells us to not worship Him in these ways and He doesn't change. Come out of her my people.
Our goal is not to condemn but to encourage you to be a Berean and search out The Scriptures, do the research and decide whether you will walk in obedience out of love, or disobedience caving into the traditions of men and doctrines of demons. This is part of the process of being sanctified by His Word.
You will be shocked at how the most important event in human history was hijacked by the deceiver and then you have a choice to make, do you love God enough to leaves those worthless traditions behind or do you continue in the vanities and lies? That is your choice and between you, The Creator and The Holy Spirit who will lead you to all truth.
Let us focus on Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah who is what Passover is truly about. It is the remembrance of coming out of Egypt as well as the commemoration of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah who gave His life so that we could be redeemed. The communion that many people have experienced in the church has its roots based on the Pesach or Passover Seder meal.
There are some big differences since art and Hollywood have given us a very different presentation of what took place in the New Testament account of the “Last Supper”. The last supper was a Seder Passover meal that we are supposed to still keep per the eternal command of The Creator and furthermore by the Messiah Himself and then later Paul encourages us to keep the Feast.
Exodus 12:14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial, and ye shall keep it a feast to YHVH throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance FOREVER.
Dispensationalist, sorry. When YHVH says forever, for all time, for all eternity that is exactly what He means. Not only that but nowhere in The Bible does it say ...until The Messiah comes then you stop.
The picture of Yeshua (Jesus) breaking the big thick loaf of bread is inaccurate as what was lifted up and broken was matza which is unleavened bread. This bread is very unique in that it contains no yeast (which represents sin), it is bruised, striped, and pierced and broken. (See image Luke 22:19)
While God abhors human sacrifices Yeshua(Jesus) was not sacrificed as many people were during those times to pagan gods and goddesses. A sacrifice in these cases were unwilling victims who did not want to give up their lives but was forced to in order to appease a god/goddess or in order to receive something in return from the deity that was being sacrificed to.
Yeshua (Jesus) says in: John 10:11 “"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
He willingly gave His life for His sheep. He again reiterates that He is willingly giving His life in:
John 10:18 “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father."
John 15:13 "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends."
In 1st Corinthians 5:7 (see image) the word “sacrificed” is used and is a very poor translation of the Greek word “thuo” which means to slay/slain. It is important to understand this distinction because we read further in:
1 John 2:2 “He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.”
The word propitiation means a sacrifice given to appease an angry god. This is the farthest thing from Creator’s character who is love. The Greek word that has been translated as propitiation is “hilasmos” which literally means atonement. You see, Creator is not an angry diety that needed appeasing with a sacrifice. This doesn’t fit the nature of The Creator or the nature of the Messiah who gave Himself willingly so that His death would give atonement for everyone who believes in Him.
352 Messianic prophecies have been fulfilled which all point to Yeshua (Jesus) and there are still more to come. Early rabbinical teachings said that Messiah would come twice. Once as Mashiach Ben Yosef (Messiah son of Joseph) the Suffering Servant and then He would come as Mashiach Ben David (Messiah son of David) the Conquering King.
We wait for Him to come as Messiah Ben David and until then we will remember Him as we recline during the Passover Seder meal. We remember His atonement for us as we were delivered from our own Egypt with the shedding of His blood which freed us from bondage to sin. We remember Him as the Bread of Life, born in Bethlehem (House of Bread), whose body was broken so that we would be covered and receive redemption and eternal life. Only through Him, Yeshua, whose name means Salvation of Yah.
So let us celebrate the Passover this year and remember The Creator's Son who gave His life so that we may live. May the Lord bless you and keep you and may His Holy Spirit draw you close to Him more than ever before during this appointed time.